Ivor is a wood scientist and technologist with over 20 years of experience in the timber products sector. He joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2003. Prior to this he worked at the Forestry Commission and Highland Birchwoods developing the use of indigenous timber in the Scottish Highlands, and he was technical director of a manufacturing joinery company.
Ivor’s current work spans research, consultancy and teaching:
His research projects have focussed on: the performance of timber facades; grading timber for durability; sustainable construction; and product innovation. These have ranged from large trans-national collaborations through to product development and testing for individual companies. In 2015 Ivor was a member of the team for which Edinburgh Napier was awarded a Queens Anniversary Prize for its work on timber engineering, wood science and sustainability.
As a consultant, Ivor provides expert witness services on construction deputes involving timber. This ranges from confidential advisory letters through to full expert witness investigations and reports. He is familiar with both the Scottish and English rules for experts in civil cases.
Ivor has led the development of a new MSc programme titled: Timber Architecture and Architectural Technology, which will start in September 2019. He also teaches on other masters programmes at Edinburgh Napier and has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Dundee. Ivor is active in postgraduate supervision at Edinburgh Napier and has provided wood science advice to postgraduate students at several other universities in the UK and overseas. He has delivered masterclasses at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Newcastle University and the University of Eastern Finland. Ivor is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
His teaching and learning activities are outlined below.
In 2011 he completed his PhD “Moisture conditions in external timber cladding: field trials and their design implications”. Ivor is author or lead author of several publications including the BS 8605 series of British Standards on external timber cladding.
Ivor is active in providing education and training on timber for building professionals. This is undertaken on behalf of Wood for Good and similar organisations. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and seminars in the UK and overseas. He is also technical consultant to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association.